Jose Mourinho delighted at Marouane Fellaini’s decision to stay

Jose Mourinho delighted at Marouane Fellaini’s decision to stay

Jose Mourinho has expressed his delight at Marouane Fellaini‘s late decision to sign a new contract at Manchester United.

Fellaini seemed destined to leave Man United as the expiration of his current contract on Sunday was quickly approaching after he rejected a renewal offer back in September.

The Belgian midfielder has put pen to paper on a two-year deal with the option of a further year though, and his manager is pleased with the ultimate outcome of the saga.

Following the announcement, which has received a mixed reception from United fans, Mourinho told the club website: “I am very happy Marouane is staying with us. I always believed in his desire to stay with the club and I am delighted that he has signed a new contract.”

Mourinho and Fellaini have built a special relationship during their time together at Old Trafford, starting when the former made the effort to personally phone the 6’4 star just a day after he was appointed boss in May 2016.

The United manager publicised his wish that the Belgium international would stay on a number of occasions throughout the 2017-18 season, most recently after he headed in a late winner during the 2-1 win over Arsenal in April.

Fellaini said thanks to his boss Mourinho after signing on the dotted line, stating: “I would like to say a special thank you to Jose for the faith he has always shown in me.”

He’ll now link up with the rest of the squad in the United States for pre-season once his duties at the World Cup this summer are over, in which he’s in the round of 16 against Japan with Belgium.

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